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    #12806 - 03/31/08 06:06 PM Problems with the SB-5?
    crisc Offline

    Registered: 12/12/07
    Posts: 485
    Loc: New England
    Originally Posted By: Dottie
    I lurked some interesting insight on a psych list that there were now identified "problems" with the SB-5, but couldn't access any of the Top Secret psych publications referenced at that time. I got the impression though that something might come out to the general public in the future.

    The truth of course is that NONE of these tests are working past that 3rd standard deviation, and that's particularly hard to measure in the pre-school years.

    I was re-reading some of the posts from the past week (since I realized I was skim-reading and not really getting some of the more subtle conversation) and I am curious if you have anymore info on this topic. My son was tested on this test and according to the tester it was the highest score she had seen on this test in the 4-6 year old age group. Are they thinking this test is scoring too high? Weird since the GT norming group seemed to have lower scores.

    Please keep us posted if you lurk some juicy info.

    Edited by crisc (03/31/08 06:06 PM)

    #12818 - 03/31/08 07:45 PM Re: Problems with the SB-5? [Re: Dottie]
    alee31 Offline
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    Registered: 11/02/07
    Posts: 37
    Loc: Texas
    I hope I am recalling this correctly...I believe I am, as it applies to my son, and it also applies to our tester's son.

    Our tester for the SB5 called several weeks after she gave us the final report and stated that she had looked in to why the knowledge scores were low, comparitively, for some children who otherwise had consistently high scores. She stated that she read that children, particularly boys, who score very high (150ish and above) in the major subtests were scoring lower in knowledge. Just an interesting tidbit at the time.

    Both of our sons scored approximately the same overall, and both had much lower scores in the knowledge subtest.

    Not sure if this is one of the issues you are referring to, but thought I'd throw it out there.

    #12820 - 03/31/08 08:11 PM Re: Problems with the SB-5? [Re: alee31]
    Belle Offline

    Registered: 03/15/08
    Posts: 435
    strange - the same thing happened to my son - he scored very, very high in many areas and then scored much lower in the knowledge areas.

    #12821 - 03/31/08 08:58 PM Re: Problems with the SB-5? [Re: Belle]
    Cathy A Offline

    Registered: 05/26/07
    Posts: 1783
    Loc: West coast, USA
    Well, if it's anything like the WPPSI, it could be that HG+ kids are misinterpreting the questions. My DS answered "I don't know" to a question about what a certain food item is made from. The tester didn't encourage him to explain, but after the test I asked him about it. He said that she hadn't specified which variety of this item she was asking about and anyway he couldn't remember all the ingredients of the different kinds. I'm sure the answer they were looking for was a single main ingredient.

    #12825 - 04/01/08 03:58 AM Re: Problems with the SB-5? [Re: Cathy A]
    crisc Offline

    Registered: 12/12/07
    Posts: 485
    Loc: New England
    Yes, he had all of the scores above average (13-19) except in the knowledge sections. My tester did include a statement that young boys do tend to score lower in the knowledge sections.

    #12830 - 04/01/08 06:45 AM Re: Problems with the SB-5? [Re: Dottie]
    Kriston Offline

    Registered: 09/19/07
    Posts: 6145
    Loc: Midwest
    My son scored very low in knowledge on the SB5, too. It was an all-around bad test day for him, but the knowledge areas killed his score.

    This is an interesting trend...

    #12838 - 04/01/08 09:54 AM Re: Problems with the SB-5? [Re: Kriston]
    Lorel Offline

    Registered: 08/22/07
    Posts: 970
    Loc: New England
    My son took the V at age 8 and he did very well on knowledge. So perhaps the knowledge subtest is low in younger PG kids for some reason? I'm interested in hearing more, and wondering if it is an age thing, a gender thing, or what.

    I wish I had data points from my other children, but they didn't take the SB V.


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